Located in the east-west of Europe, Istanbul, Turkey is a dream destination for tourists. From the architecture to the cuisine of this city that connects two continents, there is a lot of unknown history and culture hidden in it. For a break from the bustling life of this busy city, there are various tourist spots that instantly soothe the body and mind. If you travel to Turkey, you must visit this city known as “Sultan Suleiman”.
Best time to visit Istanbul
June to August is the peak season for visiting Istanbul, so you can visit this city anytime during autumn and spring, September to November and March to May. During these two times the weather is very nice and the tourist crowd is less.
Sights of Istanbul
Istanbul has many other monuments to visit, including the famous mosques built by the Ottomans and the Romans, as well as some ancient ruins. The more you travel, the more you will be impressed by the various forms of this city. You can visit this city in the best way if you take time like 7-8 days. Some special places for tourists are highlighted with brief description
Suleymaniya Mosque (Suleymaniye Mosque)
This mosque is notable among the largest and most beautiful mosques in Turkey. From a distance it looks like a beautiful crown on the seven hills. Many of the mosque’s ancient buildings have been restored and are now being reused as part of the sprawling complex. Along with the mosque, you can see the Hammam Khana (bathhouse), hospital and Suleymaniye’s tomb.
Among the special monuments of Istanbul, this ancient pillar is particularly noteworthy. Approved by the great Byzantine Emperor, this building was known as a church until 537 AD. Later, in 1453, the church was converted into a mosque on the orders of the Sultan. Then in 1935, Kemal Atatürk declared this mosque as a museum for its architecture, rich history, religious importance and extraordinary beauty. This entire building is divided into three parts for tourists to visit-lower lock, upper lock gallery and outer building. The lower lock is basically the main building of this museum. The dome, the main body of a large church and the golden mosaics are special attractions for tourists. In the outer building, the bathhouse of Sultan Suleiman’s wife Hurram can be seen.
This palace was the residence of the Sultan of the current craze serial “Sultan Suleiman”. The sultan and his family lived here until 1461, after which they moved to the house on the shores of the Bosphorus after his death. We are impressed by the beauty of this palace on TV and maybe no one can understand how beautiful it is in reality. The first part of this building, which is divided into four parts, will see the parade court and a church named Aya Irani. The second part has a beautiful park to sit in which during the reign of the Sultan only the Sultan and his mother had access.
Also some pavilions, royal kitchen, grand hall room, court room and bedroom of sultans will be noticed here. And there is a special place named “Harem” here, for which a separate ticket is required. It is said that in this harem the Sultan could do all the adulterous things he wanted. The third part contains the Sultan’s royal treasury and meeting rooms. In the fourth part various arrangements were made for the entertainment of the Sultan. Gardens, pools and terraces can be seen here. Sultan Suleiman renovated the holy Kaaba Sharif, so parts and keys of the Kaaba Sharif of that time are in the collection of the palace. In addition, here are preserved teeth of Hazrat Muhammad SAW, footprints, clothes used by Hazrat Fatima (RA) and Hazrat Hussain (RA) and swords of companions.
This building is one of the special buildings in Istanbul. This mosque was built during the reign of Sultan Ahmed I whose tomb is located on the north side of this mosque. The dome and six minarets of this mosque are worth the attention of tourists. Blue color patterned tiles add a different level of beauty to this mosque.
Located in the Swiss Bristol Hotel, this museum is an example of Turkish art. On the second floor of this museum, various art works of Turkish artists are fascinating to the tourists. Many pictures from the private collections of Turkish artists Suna and Ian Kyras are featured here. Basically, these paintings were painted between the 17th and 20th centuries. And the other floors here usually have temporary exhibitions. The museum is open Tuesday to Thursday from 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday to 10 pm, Friday and Sunday from noon to 6 pm. Adjacent to this museum is the Istanbul Research Institute which houses the research library and temporary exhibition space.
This colorful and bustling bazaar has been known as the heart of Istanbul for centuries. Built in 1461 on the orders of the Sultan, this bazaar started as a small warehouse and has now expanded to include many shops and restaurants in the vicinity. Walking through the main entrance road here, one will notice several panthshalas of ancient times where one can see the fine work of the artisans. It is open from Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm but no entry is allowed after 6 pm. So you can visit this market anytime before 6 o’clock.
The Bosphorus Strait
This strait divides Turkey into Asia and Europe. Many people mistake it for a river. Although once a river, it is now known as the Bosphorus Strait. This strait is essentially a narrow sea channel that joins the Marmara and Black Seas. There are several places to visit on both sides of the Bosphorus Strait. And it will be better if you go around the places with a boat. Several old wooden villas with hotels, parks, gardens and restaurants will be noticed on both sides. During the summer, the Bosphorus strait is more pleasant to visit.
This historical palace was built of wood in the past, but after 1800 the architecture has turned into a beautiful palace. There are 16 different buildings. The beautiful architecture of the gardens and buildings here is worth the attention of tourists. You can also visit Taksim Square, Istiklal Avenue, Galata Square, Hippodrome Square, Serpentine Column in Istanbul.